Special Articles

Arnstein Finset

In this Supplement to Patient Education and Counseling, specialists in the areas of health promotion and alcohol education have provided reviews of health promotion and prevention programs with relevance for alcohol education.

Jeanne P. Goldberg, Catherine M. Wright

Effective health interventions involve an understanding of the specific needs and wants of the population to be served. Lessons learned from obesity prevention provide guidance for development of alcohol education. It must be acknowledged that there is still much to be learned to maximize success in prevention efforts.

J.P. Assailly

Scientific evidence collected in this paper shows that road safety education may have some positive effects if good practices are adopted, if it is part of a lifelong learning process and if it transmits not only knowledge but also “life-skills” (or psycho-social competences).

Betsy Thom

Program development and implementation can draw on results from evaluated programs to design alcohol education programs suited to specific contexts, the availability of resources, the perceived needs of the target group and the problem to be addressed.

Moruf Adelekan

This review has identified the large gap between the current state of the art and the ultimate goal of the education-based approaches contributing to the reduction of HIV incidence rates. There is urgent need to raise practice and research standards.

Daniel P. Hatfield, Sarah A. Sliwa, Sara C. Folta, Christina D. Economos, Jeanne P. Goldberg

Multilevel interventions to prevent underage drinking are more effective than individual-level strategies, and messaging campaigns are key to such approaches.

Feature Articles

While research outside economics has found that drinking has a negative effect on cognitive skills, some economists have failed to find any negative relationship between drinking and academic performance.

Our qualitative study explored prenatal care providers’ methods for identifying and counseling pregnant women to reduce or stop smoking, alcohol use, illicit drug use, and the risk of domestic violence.

One hundred and fifteen high school pupils from Holon (a city in the center of Israel) participated in a study about the prevalence, knowledge and attitudes of these pupils towards drugs and other addictions (cigarettes and alcohol).

Low levels of alcohol may be hazardous in the elderly, but available education focuses on younger, abusive, and dependent drinkers.

Alcohol expectancies are developed, in part, through exposure to health messages, the understanding of which may be influenced by health literacy. This study explores the relationships among health literacy, alcohol expectancies, and alcohol use behaviors in teens.

Suggested Readings

patient resources

Upon drinking equal amounts, women have higher blood alcohol levels than men, and the immediate effects occur more quickly and last...

Men are more likely than women to drink excessively, thereby increasing short-term threats to health and safety. They are also more...

When alcoholic beverages are mixed with caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks, the caffeine has the potential to mask the...

Binge drinking is responsible for more than half of the deaths and two-thirds of the years of potential life lost (YPLL) due to...

About the Alcohol Education Resource Center

Welcome to the Patient Education and Counseling Alcohol Education Resource Center.  I’m Betsy Thom, PhD, Professor of Health Policy at Middlesex University, London, and Guest Editor for this program. 

Alcohol misuse is associated with premature death, general ill health and a range of diseases including liver disease, cardiovascular diseases and cancers, injuries and social problems. The costs of addressing alcohol-related health and social problems and of dealing with alcohol-related crime and disorder are high.

Professional groups in health and social care, education, youth work and community work are very likely to encounter people with alcohol-related problems and they are well placed to address the problems in a variety of ways. Prevention and early intervention through education or the use of identification and brief advice, for example, may help avoid the need for specialist treatment or hospital care. Admittance to a hospital emergency unit may provide an excellent “teachable moment” to address alcohol consumption and harm. Knowing how to identify a possible problem, how to address the issue with patients or clients and knowing what resources are available and appropriate can help professionals provide timely intervention and save time and cost at a later date.

Hosted by the Journal Patient Education and Counseling, The Alcohol Education Resource Center was created to provide clinicians with a convenient site for resources they can use every day in practice. The Center features links to full-text, peer-reviewed articles selected from the medical literature as well as links to a number of additional resources. There are links to valuable information for clinicians and downloadable materials for your patients. In addition, there are both Reviews and Toolkits from IARD: International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Our goal is to bring together, in an efficient manner, information which is reliable and accurate and of benefit to clinicians and their patients.  We hope that you find the site useful in your clinical practice and visit often.